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Only three arrests reported on day of Governor ordered closures

The Natrona County Detention Center (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. —  Only three book-ins were reported by the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office for Thursday, March 19, 2020 and into the early morning hours of Friday.

Natrona County Sheriff’s Sergeant Taylor Courtney confirmed to Oil City that only three custodial arrests had taken place.

While days do occur with low numbers of arrests, three arrests is still exceptional, and a similar day was not easily recalled by Oil City staff.

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There is also no indication of direct causation, however the night of few arrests came after Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon ordered closure of public spaces, and restriction of services. Two of the three arrests occurred after news of the order broke.

According to jail records and charges released by Courtney, all of the arrests for Thursday were alcohol related. Among the recommended charges include two for Driving While Under the Influence and one for Public Intoxication.

The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email:

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.